Peter Dinklage Shares His Thoughts on Game of Thrones’ Finale Backlash

During most of its eight-season run, Game of Thrones was among the most popular shows on television. However, the final season and the series finale appears to have polarized fans of the franchise. During a recent interview with The New York Times, former Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage offered this thoughts about why fans were unhappy. Additionally, his comments are causing another social media backlash today.

“[Fans] wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together,” said Dinklage, likely referring to Kit Harington’s Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen. “By the way, it’s fiction. There’s dragons in it. Move on…The show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it. Yeah, it was called Game of Thrones, but at the end, the whole dialogue when people would approach me on the street was, ‘Who’s going to be on the throne?’ I don’t know why that was their takeaway because the show really was more than that.”

Dinklage also noted his appreciation for the destruction of the Iron Throne in the final episode.

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“One of my favorite moments was when the dragon burned the throne because it sort of just killed that whole conversation, which is really irreverent and kind of brilliant on behalf of the show’s creators: ‘Shut up, it’s not about that,'” added Dinklage. “They constantly did that, where you thought one thing and they delivered another. Everybody had their own stories going on while watching that show, but nobody’s was as good as what the show delivered, I think.”

“I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were angry at us for breaking up with them,” continued Dinklage. “We were going off the air and they didn’t know what to do with their Sunday nights anymore. They wanted more, so they backlashed about that. We had to end when we did, because what the show was really good at was breaking preconceived notions: Villains became heroes, and heroes became villains.”

It’s also worth mentioning that George R.R. Martin has yet to finish his A Song of Ice and Fire novels, which Game of Thrones is based upon. It’s never been entirely clear how much of that ending was on David Benioff and D. B. Weiss’ shoulders, or if it was what Martin planned at the time. Either way, Martin could go in a different direction in the novels if he chooses to do so.

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